Brazil star Neymar will be going nowhere until 2014 at the earliest, according to a recent statement published by Santos.
The Brazilian club moved to end speculation linking their star player with a move to Europe, and the Sao Paulo giants also insisted no deal had been reached with Barcelona over any future transfer fee.
Reports had suggested the Catalan club had paid around £8m up front for an unnamed player – thought to be a young, talented South American – who would move to the Nou Camp at the end of the season.
But Santos have released a statement making it clear that Neymar will not be sold until 2014. The Brazil international has previously stated he wants to stay with his boyhood club until after the 2014 World Cup on home soil.
The statement on the club’s official website said: “Santos reject any possibility of selling Neymar to Barcelona or any other team.
“There are no negotiations under way, and the club reiterate that the attacker has a contract until 2014, which he will see out until the end.”
The Brazilian superstar is believed to be a long-term target for Chelsea, but Manchester United are also thought to be interested.
Neymar revealed earlier this month that he was learning English and Spanish, in the process hinting at a future move to the Premier League or La Liga.
El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid have long been thought to be among the favourites to sign the 20-year-old, but Chelsea possess the funds, and as European Champions, the pulling power, to potentially secure a deal to bring Neymar to Stamford Bridge one day.
The youngster already has 25 caps for Brazil, scoring 16 times in the process, and would join a strong Brazilian contingent at Chelsea including David Luiz, Ramirez, Lucas Piazon and Oscar.